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  • Brown quickly finds new job in Tampa Bay

    Aug. 10, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Tim Brown signed Tuesday with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a move that reunites the former Oakland receiver with ex-Raiders coach Jon Gruden and general manager Bruce Allen.

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    The 38-year-old, nine-time Pro Bowl receiver will be counted on to bolster a receiving corps that is in desperate need of experienced help because of injuries and Keenan McCardell's holdout.

    Brown was released last week after 16 seasons with the Raiders, who told one of the most popular players in team history that he was no better than the fourth or fifth best receiver in a group that included starters Jerry Rice and Jerry Porter.

    With Tampa Bay, Brown could wind up being a starter with McCardell demanding a raise after a Pro Bowl season and Joe Jurevicius out indefinitely after undergoing back surgery earlier this month.

    The Bucs also think rookie receiver Michael Clayton, the team's first-round draft pick, can benefit from being around the 17th-year pro.


    Tim Brown played four years for Bucs coach Jon Gruden.(Getty Images)
    Brown played a franchise-record 240 games for Oakland, and his streak of 173 consecutive games with at least one reception is the second-longest in NFL history behind Rice's 273.

    "It's amazing to see how this league works," Rice said from Raiders camp in Napa, Calif. "You never know where you're going to be or where you're going to end up."

    He's second of the all-time list with 14,734 yards receiving, third in receptions with 1,070, tied for fourth with Hall of Famer Don Huston with 99 touchdowns and fifth with 19,434 all-purpose yards.

    The 1987 Heisman Trophy winner played for Gruden from 1998-2001, the last four years in a stretch of nine consecutive seasons with at least 1,000 yards receiving. Two years ago, he helped lead the Raiders to the Super Bowl, where they lost to the Gruden-led Bucs.

    Last season, Brown had 52 catches for 567 yards and two TDs.

    Brown could get a chance to face his former team early in the year as the Bucs travel to Oakland on Sept. 26 for a Sunday night game.

    "The hype is already there," Rice said. "The second I heard he might sign with Tampa, I went, 'Oh my God. Here we go."'



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  • Nick
    Brown: Bucs Fans Unsophisticated
    by Nick
    Brown: Bucs Fans Unsophisticated
    By IRA KAUFMAN [email protected]
    Published: Dec 3, 2004

    TAMPA - Reiterating remarks he made on a national radio program, Bucs wide receiver Tim Brown labeled Tampa Bay fans as unsophisticated Thursday and said they have done a poor job supporting the team this season.

    ``Passion is not booing your Super Bowl quarterback, no matter how bad he's playing,'' Brown said, referring to former Bucs starter Brad Johnson. ``I have no roots here, but when they boo Brad, it shows you're coming to the game to be entertained, not to be supportive.''

    Brown, selected to nine Pro Bowls during a 16-year career with the Raiders, joined the Bucs on Aug. 10 and started the first three games before rookie Michael Clayton displaced him in the lineup.

    He has 20 receptions, none in the past four games, entering Sunday's matchup against Atlanta.

    As a punt returner, Brown is averaging 8.0 yards - almost a yard less than the league average - on six returns.

    Some of his 12 fair catches have generated boos at Raymond James Stadium.

    ``I'm not back there to return every punt,'' Brown said Thursday. ``I'm back there to make good decisions, and football fans should know the difference.''

    In an interview Wednesday night on Fox Sports Radio's ``J.T. `The Brick' Show,'' Brown compared Bucs fans unfavorably to members of Raider Nation.

    ``It's not really a football town,'' Brown said of this Bay area. ``This is Tampa, the sun and fun and whatever, but it's not really a football town.''

    Linebacker Keith Burns, who signed with the Bucs in March after nine years in Denver and one season in Chicago, had kind words for Tampa Bay supporters.

    ``I'd say Buc fans are knowledgeable about their football,'' Burns said. ``As a player, I'm just frustrated we haven't given them more to cheer about.''
    -12-04-2004, 11:19 AM
  • Nick
    McCardell ready to sit out season
    by Nick
    Veteran will play when Bucs agree to pay him like one of the league's top receivers
    By ROGER MILLS, Times Staff Writer
    Published June 24, 2004

    TAMPA - The agent for receiver Keenan McCardell said Wednesday there appears to be a stalemate in resolving the contract dispute that is keeping the Bucs' leading receiver from minicamp.

    Responding to statements made by general manager Bruce Allen on Tuesday, Gary Uberstine said the 12-year veteran is prepared to not only miss training camp but part, if not all, of the season."There is and will be no resolution in sight until some point during the regular season, at which point everyone loses," Uberstine said. Uberstine said McCardell is resolved to stay away until the Bucs make him a better offer. "If it's gone six months with no progress, there's no reason to think that the next six months are going to be any different or better," Uberstine said. "I'm certainly hopeful and optimistic that something can bridge the difference between now and then, but I have no reason to believe that."

    McCardell, due to make $2.5-million this season and $2.75-million in his final year, has asked for a deal close to the average of the top receivers in the league. Those who are not in their rookie contracts average $4.4-million.

    Uberstine was particularly concerned about Allen's comments that the dispute was based on money.

    "Most things in life and business contain some financial component, and that doesn't make them dishonest, selfish or unreasonable," Uberstine said. "I'm certain if the team had its way it would pay players as little as possible." Uberstine said McCardell is in elite company with 410 catches and 5,052 yards the past five seasons. Terrell Owens, Randy Moss, Marvin Harrison, Torry Holt, Rod Smith and Jimmy Smith are the only other receivers to accomplish that feat.

    The Bucs said they have no plans to negotiate a new deal and pointed out that McCardell is under contract for two more years.

    "Contracts in the NFL have essentially become one-year deals," said Uberstine, pointing out players are forced to take a pay cut for poor performance or injury. "Teams cannot adhere fairly to such a practice yet not recognize the converse."

    Last season, McCardell led the Bucs with 84 receptions, 1,180 yards and eight receiving touchdowns. He has 724 career receptions and five 1,000-yard seasons.

    The Bucs appear less than willing to engage in a long-term deal with McCardell, 34. Allen commented Tuesday that he has a good idea of what the market value is for older receivers such as the Raiders' Tim Brown.

    "The reference to Tim Brown is interesting," Uberstine said. "Because Bruce and the Raiders signed Tim Brown to a contract where he received $8.5-million over two years to play at...
    -06-24-2004, 11:23 PM
  • Nick
    Steelers deal Antonio Brown to Raiders for 3rd & 5th round picks
    by Nick
    Source: Steelers agree to deal AB to Raiders
    ESPN
    Saturday, March 9, 2019
    Updated: March 10, 8:53 AM ET

    Antonio Brown finally has a new home.

    The Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to trade their prolific but disgruntled wide receiver to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for a third- and fifth-round pick, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

    Brown will receive a new three-year deal worth up to $54.125 million from the Raiders, with $30.125 million guaranteed, the source said. He previously had three years and $38.9 million left on his contract with the Steelers, with none of the money guaranteed.

    In the end, Brown converted the Steelers' four-year extension at $17 million per year into what amounts to $19.8 million per year in new money.

    Brown first indicated on his Instagram account late Saturday night that he was heading to Oakland.

    Trades are not official until the new league year begins Wednesday.

    This will be the first NFL trade for new Raiders general manager Mike Mayock.

    For the Raiders, the addition of Brown provides an explosive deep threat for quarterback Derek Carr that coach Jon Gruden and the rebuilding team desperately need.

    In 2018, Brown had eight touchdown receptions on passes thrown 20 or more yards downfield, most in the NFL. The Raiders as a team had four such touchdowns last season.

    In 2018, Brown dropped only one pass in 170 targets. The Raiders as a team had 22 drops, tied for ninth most in the league.

    In 2018, Brown's average target was thrown 11.2 yards downfield. The Raiders averaged 6.87 air yards per target, the second-lowest mark in the league behind the Detroit Lions (6.85).

    The Raiders, who have had one winning season and one playoff appearance since the 2002 campaign, had the 18th-ranked passing game in the NFL last season, averaging 234.4 yards, and their 19 receiving touchdowns were tied for 24th. Jordy Nelson led Oakland receivers with 63 receptions for 739 yards and three TDs.

    Gruden raved about Brown before the Steelers visited Oakland in December. Brown was limited to a season-low 35 receiving yards on five catches by cornerback Gareon Conley in the Raiders' 24-21 victory.

    "He can run every route you dream up," Gruden said of Brown at the time. "I say that about other receivers, but he can run double moves, he can run by you, he can run crossing routes, he's very good after the catch. What's the greatest thing about this man? I've told all our receivers, if you get a chance to watch him practice, you'll see what unlocks the greatness in him.

    "He's the hardest-working man, I think, in football. Hardest-working player I've ever seen practice. I've seen Jerry Rice, I've seen a lot of good ones, but I put Antonio Brown at the top. If there are any young wideouts out there, I'd go watch him...
    -03-10-2019, 07:26 AM
  • DJRamFan
    [Bucs] Barber takes career, season scoring lead
    by DJRamFan
    By DAVE SCHEIBER, ROGER MILLS
    Published October 11, 2004

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    NEW ORLEANS - Cornerback Ronde Barber traversed some familiar terrain Sunday, helping boost the Bucs to their first victory of the season and running into the record book.

    Barber's 18-yard return of a Deuce McAllister fumble in the second quarter not only gave Tampa Bay the momentum with a 13-7 lead, it marked the seventh time in the regular season (and eighth overall) No.20 has been seen racing into the end zone with a defensive touchdown.

    Barber also leads the Bucs this season with two touchdowns. Tim Brown , Bill Schroeder , Michael Clayton and Ken Dilger have one.

    Sunday's touchdown, triggered when end Greg Spires stripped the ball, also moved Barber one ahead of linebacker Derrick Brooks for the franchise record.

    "Me and Derrick have had a running competition for a couple of years now, and we keep saying to stay even with each other," Barber said. "But I told him I'm leaving him (behind) now."

    Across the locker room, Brooks wasn't buying it.

    "It's like that old rabbit and turtle," he said. "You jump out of there. And before you know it, you take a rest, and that turtle is going to catch you." But he added with a smile, "As long as we're scoring them, that's all that matters."

    Barber agrees.

    Last week, he talked about the lack of big plays by the defense. But that changed Sunday with pivotal plays such as Brian Kelly 's interception at the Bucs 17 that squelched a fourth-quarter drive with Tampa Bay guarding a 20-14 lead.

    "Whatever it takes," said Barber, who returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown against New Orleans on Dec.23, 2001. "I'm just proud of how we all hung in and got a win."

    STEPPING UP: Linebacker Jeff Gooch was thrust into action when leading tackler Shelton Quarles left the game in the first quarter with a quadriceps strain. But Gooch picked up where Quarles left off, leading the Bucs with nine tackles.

    "We count on Shelton Quarles to do a lot in this defense," Gooch said. "And when I came in, I didn't want there to be a drop-off at all.

    "I wanted it to seem like Shelton was not even missed."

    Gooch is no stranger to the Bucs, having played for them from 1996-01 then spending the previous two seasons with Detroit.

    "It makes you feel good to be a big part of a big win," he said. "It feels really good especially because I was here before and part of building this team. Any time you get a chance to come back and help out again, that's huge."

    LONG DISTANCE: Martin Gramatica equaled his third-longest field goal...
    -10-11-2004, 02:25 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Longhorns give Brown raise after Rose Bowl berth
    by DJRamFan
    Dec. 27, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    LOS ANGELES -- With Texas preparing for its first Rose Bowl, coach Mack Brown is in line for a raise.

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    Brown already is one of college football's highest-paid coaches with a salary of slightly more than $2 million a year. Athletic director DeLoss Dodds told the Associated Press on Monday that details of the new contract will be announced during the week.

    "We like what we've got," Dodds said. "He's done a wonderful job with the program."

    Brown declined to discuss details of his pending contract extension but said he was "excited about the talks."

    "We haven't yet accomplished everything we've wanted to here," Brown said at a Rose Bowl ceremony for the two teams at Disneyland. "There's no better place to coach than the University of Texas."

    Although Brown has been criticized for a five-game losing streak to Big 12 South rival Oklahoma, Texas (10-1) has won at least 10 games the last four seasons and has become a Top 10 fixture in the rankings during his seven years.

    The Rose Bowl will be Texas' first appearance in a Bowl Championship Series game. The Longhorns meet No. 13 Michigan (9-2) on Jan. 1.

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    -12-28-2004, 10:46 AM
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